Peter Serkin

Biography

Born: July 24, 1947; New York, NY  
Recognized as an artist of passion and integrity, the distinguished American pianist Peter Serkin is one of the most thoughtful and individualistic musicians appearing before the public today. Throughout his career he has successfully conveyed the essence of five centuries of repertoire and his performances with symphony orchestras, recital appearances, chamber music collaborations and recordings are respected worldwide.

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Read more Serkin's rich musical heritage extends back several generations: his grandfather was violinist and composer Adolf Busch and his father pianist Rudolf Serkin.

An avid proponent of the music of many of the 20th and 21st century's most important composers, Mr. Serkin has been instrumental in bringing the music of Schoenberg, Webern, Berg, Stravinsky, Wolpe, Messiaen, Takemitsu, Henze, Berio, Wuorinen, Goehr, Knussen and Lieberson, among others, to audiences around the world. He has performed many important world premieres, in particular, works by Toru Takemitsu, Peter Lieberson, Oliver Knussen and Alexander Goehr, all of which were written for him. Most recently, Mr. Serkin played the world premieres of Charles Wuorinen's Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Boston Symphony under the baton of James Levine in Boston, at Carnegie Hall and at Tanglewood; a solo work by Elliot Carter commissioned by Carnegie Hall and the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival; and another work by Charles Wuorinen for piano and orchestra with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, also commissioned by Carnegie Hall. During the 08/09 season he premiered a fifth piano concerto by Mr. Wuorinen with the Met Opera Orchestra/Levine at Carnegie Hall as well as Mr. Wuorinen's new piano quintet (commissioned by the Rockport, MA Music Festival) with the Brentano String Quartet.

Mr. Serkin's recording of the six Mozart concerti composed in 1784 with Alexander Schneider and the English Chamber Orchestra was nominated for a Grammy and received the prestigious Deutsche Schallplatten as well as "Best Recording of the Year" by Stereo Review magazine. Other Grammy nominated recordings include Olivier Messiaen's Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus and Quartet for the End of Time on BMG and a solo recording of works by Stravinsky, Wolpe and Lieberson for New World Records. Read less
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  • 1.
    Lieberson: King Gesar / Ma, Ebrahim, Serkin, Ax
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 56117 Release Date: 04/22/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Lieberson
    Performer:  Deborah Marshall,  Peter Serkin,  Omar Ebrahim,  András Adorján  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Lieberson
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    Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 713208 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  Leonard Bernstein,  Various,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  James Taylor,  Emanuel Ax,  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Peter Serkin
    Conductor:  Keith Lockhart,  John Williams,  Stefan Asbury,  Andris Nelsons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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    Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration [blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 713304 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  Leonard Bernstein,  Various,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  James Taylor,  Emanuel Ax,  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Peter Serkin
    Conductor:  Keith Lockhart,  John Williams,  Stefan Asbury,  Andris Nelsons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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    Goehr: Marching To Carcassonne; When Adam Fell; Pastorals  / Knussen, Serkin
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573052 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Goehr
    Performer:  Peter Serkin
    Conductor:  Oliver Knussen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  London Sinfonietta
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  • 5.
    Music From Marlboro – Busoni: Fantasia Contrappuntistica; Reger: Cello Sonata
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 92166 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ferruccio Busoni,  Max Reger
    Performer:  Peter Serkin,  Richard Goode,  Mischa Schneider
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    Carter: Concerto For Orchestra; Knussen: Oceans De Terre
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 96354 Release Date: 05/03/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Elliott Carter,  Oliver Knussen
    Performer:  Ole Böhn,  Lisa Saffer,  Lucy Shelton,  Peter Serkin
    Conductor:  Oliver Knussen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta,  Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
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    Webern: Quartet Op. 22; Brahms: Clarinet Quintet; Krystall/Serkin: Improvisations
    Label: Vivace Records   Catalog: 8802 Release Date: 04/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Webern,  Marty Krystall,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Richard Stoltzman,  Peter Serkin,  Ida Kavafian,  Marty Krystall  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cooker String Quartet
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    Wuorinen: Scherzo, First String Quartet, Viola Variations / Serkin, Martin
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559694 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Wuorinen
    Performer:  Peter Serkin,  Fred Sherry,  Curtis Macomber,  Lois Martin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brentano String Quartet
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    Basso Profundo - Music Of Rosenman, Bussotti, Xenakis, Kagel & Ceely / Neidlinger
    Label: Vivace Records   Catalog: 8801 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sylvano Bussotti,  Leonard Rosenman,  Robert Ceely,  Iannis Xenakis  ... 
    Performer:  Buell Neidlinger,  John Bergamo,  Ed Mears,  Fred Sherry  ... 
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  • 10.
    Bach: Complete Keyboard Concertos / Schiff, Serkin, CO Of Europe [4-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001479702 Release Date: 10/19/2010   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Peter Serkin,  Bruno Canino,  Aurčle Nicolet  ... 
    Conductor:  András Schiff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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    Lieberson: Red Garuda, Rilke Songs / Serkin, Conlon, Hunt Lieberson
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9317 Release Date: 05/11/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Lieberson
    Performer:  Peter Serkin,  Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
    Conductor:  James Conlon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orion String Quartet,  New York Philharmonic
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    Yo-Yo Ma - 30 Years Outside the Box
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 752307 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 90
    Composer:  Sandeep Das,  Traditional,  Kayhan Kalhor,  Zhou Long  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Gramley,  Kim Dong-Won,  Yo-Yo Ma,  Mark Suter  ... 
    Conductor:  Miguel Harth-Bedoya,  John Williams,  Ennio Morricone,  Isaac Stern  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road Ensemble,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Qi Lin  ... 
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  • 13.
    Schoenberg: Piano Works / Peter Serkin
    Label: Arcana   Catalog: 315 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg
    Performer:  Peter Serkin
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    Mozart: Sonatas, Fantasias, Rondos / Peter Serkin
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 38399 Release Date: 05/22/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Peter Serkin
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  • 15.
    Bach Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 742557 Release Date: 03/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gottfried H. Stölzel
    Performer:  Hilary Hahn,  E. Power Biggs,  Andrea Marcon,  Peter Serkin
    Conductor:  Vladimir Spivakov,  Eugene Ormandy,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  James Galway
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  I Solisti di Zagreb  ... 
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    Recital At Ravinia - Brahms, Handel, Debussy, Mozart, Etc / Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Peter Serkin, Et Al
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907500 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bob Telson,  Claude Debussy,  George Frideric Handel,  Henry Thacker Burleigh  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Serkin,  Lorraine Hunt Lieberson,  Drew Minter
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    An Hour With Bach
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 729165 Release Date: 08/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Giuliano Carmignola,  Angelika Kirchschlager,  Hilary Hahn,  Stefanie Haegele  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrea Marcon,  Eugene Ormandy,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  Richard Kapp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Bach: Goldberg Variations, Italian Concerto / Peter Serkin
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 37207 Release Date: 08/05/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Peter Serkin
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  • 19.
    Beethoven, Schoenberg: Piano Concertos / Peter Serkin, Seiji Ozawa
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 7353 Release Date: 04/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Arnold Schoenberg
    Performer:  Peter Serkin
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    Edition Klavier-festival Ruhr - Mozart, Variationen & Neue Klaviermusik
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553067 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Krzysztof Meyer,  John Harbison,  John Dowland  ... 
    Performer:  Various,  Peter Serkin,  Lars Vogt,  Robert Levin  ... 
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  • 21.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos 14-18 / Peter Serkin, Alexander Schneider
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 35123 Release Date: 03/12/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Peter Serkin
    Conductor:  Alexander Schneider
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Bartok: Piano Concertos No 1 & 3 / Peter Serkin, Seiji Ozawa
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 7354 Release Date: 02/21/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Peter Serkin
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Beethoven: Piano Concerto Op 61a;  Mozart / Peter Serkin
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 35125 Release Date: 02/21/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Peter Serkin
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Alexander Schneider
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Bach: Goldberg Variations / Peter Serkin
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 37350 Release Date: 02/06/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Peter Serkin
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    Beethoven: Diabelli Variations / Peter Serkin
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 35122 Release Date: 02/06/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Peter Serkin
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